We in Orange County are living the dream. Truly.
Sure, the unemployment rate is pretty high, gas prices are ridiculous, rent is higher than much of the rest of the country, but we are seriously so lucky to live where we do. It’s beautiful in Southern California. The weather is unlike anywhere in the world. The good energy is magnetic and there’s opportunity around every corner…if you’re looking for it.
Several years ago, I got a random inquiry about some architectural photography. Having never shot a building, I made a few phone calls to see what information I could get about the task. One of the calls I made was to the ever fabulous Dale Babb, a long time colleague of my dad’s and one of the most solid realtors we knew. He hooked me up with his photographer, who offered me a job, and thus, my real estate photography career was born.
I have since taken Lovato Images full time and still shoot real estate for a handful of awesome clients. That opportunity I took 5/6 years ago shooting real estate has proved opportunity after opportunity for me in more ways than I can describe right now. But I would like to highlight the fact that it gives me ample opportunity to appreciate. I walk into beautiful properties with beautiful views that beautiful families call home and I am constantly reminded of how lucky I am.
No, I can’t afford a house in Coto de Caza or Newport Coast. No, I can’t handle the expense of a Maserati (but how rad would that be?!). No, I don’t walk into boutiques and buy whatever I fancy. But beyond all the material, I am so rich. I breathe in Pacific coastal air. I soak in Californian sun. I get to see and experience the finest things this country has to offer…for free. Because the finest things in life are free…when, and only when, you’re conscious enough to appreciate it all. And all this SoCal living…truly is like living a dream. It’s so beautiful. Life is so beautiful.
some Coto de Caza beauty for ya…